Redefining animal signaling: influence versus information in communication

@article{Owren2010RedefiningAS,
  title={Redefining animal signaling: influence versus information in communication},
  author={M. Owren and D. Rendall and M. Ryan},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  year={2010},
  volume={25},
  pages={755-780}
}
Researchers typically define animal signaling as morphology or behavior specialized for transmitting encoded information from a signaler to a perceiver. Although intuitively appealing, this conception is inherently metaphorical and leaves concepts of both information and encoding undefined. To justify relying on the information construct, theorists often appeal to Shannon and Weaver’s quantitative definition. The two approaches are, however, fundamentally at odds. The predominant definition of… Expand
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